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All's Well That Ends Wells
Who knows himself a braggart, Let him fear this; for it will come to pass
That every braggart shall be found an ass. --Parolles, Act 4, scene 3, line 372, All's Well That Ends Well
Shakespeare Sez: Self-esteem's fine, but don't make a fool of yourself with excessive bragging.
Parolles ought to know what he's talking about, being himself a braggart.
Antony and Cleopatra
The itch of his affection should not then
Have nick'd [made a fool of], diminished his captainship.--.Enobarbus, Act 3, scene 2, line 7, Antony and Cleopatra
Shakespeare Sez: Don't let your personal feelings rob you of your objectivity. The reference here is to Antony's having allowed his passion for Cleopatra to interfere with his judgment. Enobarbus' words of caution hold true for many situations in modern life--such as parents torn between for their children and the need for some tough love when needed.
As You Like It
My age is a lusty 3,
Frosty, but kindly.--Adam, Act 2, scene 3, line 52, As You Like It.
Shakespeare Sez: The concept of a good old age is not an oxymoron. Think of Adam the next time you feel beset by the aches and pains of the aging process. It may not be for sissies, as George Burns said, but it's not so bad.
I'd rather have a fool to make me merry, than experience to make me sad--Rosalind, Act 4, scene 1, lines 25, As You Like It.
Shakespeare Sez: Lighten up. Don't let learning and experience make you too melancholy to enjoy a little merriment. Coriolanus
Anger's my meat; I sup upon myself
And so shall starve with feeding.--Volumnia, Act 4, scene 2, line 50 Coriolanus.
Shakespeare Sez: Keep your cool. Sustained anger is destructive to your well being. Psychologists have dubbed such anger a toxic emotion. One of Shakespeare's less frequently produced plays, Coriolanus seemed more timely than ever at the start of the millenium when CurtainUp reviewed a production in London and another at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. (the London review and the Berkshire review)
This Cloten was a fool, an empty purse,
There was no money in it.
--Guiderius, Act 4, scene 2, line 113, Cymbeline.
Shakespeare Sez: Without brains a man is as worthless as an empty purse. He underscores the metaphor of an empty purse as an empty brain with "Not Hercules/Could have knocke'd out his brains, for he had none." All this is said after Cloten, mistaken for Posthumus the husband of the king's daughter Imogen, has been beheaded by the speaker.
I have that within which passes show; These but the trappings and the suites of woe>-Hamlet, Act 1, scene 2, line 85, Hamlet
Shakespeare Sez:Even black clothes and and a sorrowful expressions can only hint at thedeeper grief within a person. Kenneth Branaugh's gave us a stunning vision of ; the black-clad prince in his 1996 movie. However, as memorable as his interpretation was there are sure to be>other Hamlets for, as Oscar Wilde so aptly put it: "There are as many Hamlets as there are melancholics."
. . . since brevity is the soul of wit,/And tediousness the libs and outward flourishes,/I will be brief. --Polonius, Act 2, scene 2, lines90-92 Hamlet.
Keep it short. Unfortunately Polonius, King Claudius' right-hand man and spy, does not take his own council and holds forth with anything but conciseness. And while most reviewers and movie goerspraised the 4-hour film directed by and starring Kenneth Branaugh, there are some who would have preferred it if Branaugh had heeded this advice and edited out some of the not-so-relevant passages.
Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express'd in fancy; rich not gaudy;
For the apparel oft proclaims the man. --Polonius, Act 1, scene 3, line 68, >Hamlet
Shakespeare Sez: Clothes do matter: Flashy clothes, flashy wearer; classy clothes, classy wearer--and so he has Polonius caution against hasty judgments based on appearance at the same time drawing on the old Latin proverb "clothes make the man" to underscore the importance of dressing in good taste.
Why, what an ass am I! This is most brave
That I, the son of a dear murthered, Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell,
Must like a whore unpack my heart with words...--Hamlet, Act 2, scene 2, line 59, Hamlet
Shakespeare Sez: Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. Hamlet's words should come in handy for anyone surrounded by do-nothing complainers.Hamlet, literature's great vacillator, despises himself as "a whore" for bemoaning his father's murder instead of taking action to avenge it. Bear in mind, however, the Bard's enduring fascination is due in no small part to the fact that there's always room for a new interpretation. For example, in their 1991 biography The Divine Sarah, the late Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale quote from a letter in which Sarah Bernhardt defended herself against some British critics who considered her interpretation of the melancholy Dane as too active and virile: " It appears that in England Hamlet must be portrayed as a sad German professor." She then explains why to her Hamlet was anything but a weakling or a vascillator: In the scene in the chapel Hamlet decides not to kill the king who is praying, not because he is irresolute and cowardly; but because he is intelligent and tenacious; he wants to kill him when the king is sinning, not when he is in a state of repentance, for he wants him to go to hell, not to heaven. There are those who are absolutely determined to see in Hamlet a woman's soul, weak and indecisive; but I see the soul of a resolute, sensible man. When Hamlet sees his father's spirit and learns of his murder, he resolves to avenge him, but he is the opposite of Othello, who acts without thinking; Hamlet thinks before he acts, a sign of great strength and a powerful soul. Hamlet loves Ophelia, but he renounces love, he renounces his studies, he renounces everything in order to achieve his goal . . ." It should be added that her Hamlet was a big success
When sorrows come, they come not single spies
But in Batallions -- King, Act 4, scene 5, line 78 Hamlet.
Shakespeare Sez: Sickness and grief have a way of multiplying, almost as if one opens the door for another to enter. Most of us tend to express this idea in more down-to-earth homilies such as "if it rains it pours."However, in his charming diary written during his 82nd year, Sir Alec Guiness uses this very phrase to introduce a series of personal and world events. He also calls on the Bard to take the sting of complaint out of his occasional references to the vagaries of old age-- out of the an makes good use of phrases like this to good advantage to make his more serious musings. (See our review of his diary of his 81st year My Name Escapes Me ).r>
The First Part of Henry the Fourth
To die is to be a counterfeit, for he is but the counterfeit of a man who hath not the life of a man; but to counterfeit dying, when a man thereby liveth, is to be no counterfeit, but the true and perfect image of life indeed. The better part of valor is discretion, in the which better part I have sav'd my life.--Falstaff, Act 5 , scene 3, line 115, The First Part of Henry the Fourth
Shakespeare Sez: Don't throw caution to the wind or you're likely to end up a dead hero. Of course, Falstaff is being somewhat disingenuous since he has pretended to be a corpse in order to escape death. The elegant and much used "discretion is the better part of valor" thus cloaks a less than noble act in a lofty phrase.
The Life of Henry the Fifth
King Henry: My comfort is that old age, that ill layer-up of beauty, can do no more spoil upon my face.--King Henry, Act 5, scene 2, line 244, The Life of Henry the Fifth
Shakespeare Sez: The best thing about old age is that you no longer have to worry about what it's like.King Henry, paying court to Katherine, the vivacious daughter of the French king, assures her that what she sees is what she gets--in fact, he boasts "the older I wax, the better I shall appear".
Now 'tis the spring, and weeds are shallow-rooted;
Suffer them now, and they'll o'ergrow the garden,
And choke the herbs for want of husbandry.--The Queen, Act 3 , scene 1, line 31, The Life of Henry the Fifth
Shakespeare Sez: Get rid of troublemakers before they destroy you. The time to take care of problems is when you can still control them. The trouble maker in this case is the Duke of Gloucester who the Queen compares to a destructive weed who must be plucked before he grows too powerful to unseat.
The Second Part of Henry the Sixth
Seems he a dove? His feathers are but borrowed
For he's disposed as the hateful raven.--The Queen, Act 3 , scene 1, line 75, The Second Part of Henry the Sixth.
Shakespeare Sez: People aren't always as they seem. So learn to spot the phonies from those who masquerade as cream. The Queen's rant here is in the same vein as her earlier quote.
Note for Theater Goers: The Henry the Sixth plays are amongst the least frequently presented of Shakespeare's plays. During the 1996-97 season, however, the innovative director Karin Conrod, founder of the Arden Party Company, rectified that situation by condensing this three-play history cycle into two parts (#s 33 and 34 in the Joseph Papp Public Theater's Shakespeare Marathon. The Edged Sword (Part One) and Black Storm (Part Two). See our review. Henry the Sixth review.
Ah! thus King Henry throws away his crutch
Before his legs be firm to bear his body. --Gloucester, Act 3, scene 1, line 189, The Second Part of Henry the Sixth.
Shakespeare Sez:The king has ended Gloucester's protectorship and Gloucester, when arrested, predicts dire consequences. He believes that fortune follows for those prepared for it. In non-metaphoric terms, he's saying: Don't enter a long-distance marathon before you've mastered a five-mile run.
The Life of King Henry the Eighth
Men's evil manners live in brass; Their virtues
We write in water.--Griffith, The Life of King Henry the Eighth, Act 4, scene 2, line
Shakespeare Sez:You can't bury your sins beneath your virtues; it works the other way around.The exiled Queen's enemy, Cardinal Wolsey, has come to a humiliating end, and Griffith persuades her to forgive him his sins against her.
Note for Theater Goers: In June 1997 (6/13-7/09) The Shakespeare Marathon productions begun in 1987 by New York Shakespeare Festival founder Joseph Papp draws to a close with this play--directed by Mary Zimmerman and featuring Ruben Santiago-Hudson in the title role, along with Jayne Atkinson as Katherine and Josef Sommer as Cardinal Wolsey. The venue: New York's Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Ticket prices: Free. At the Marathon's beginning Mr. Papp said, "The Marathon is an act of cultural affirmation. It proclaims Shakespeare alive. It opens up all kinds of possibilities for programs to reach our young people as well as the loyal elderly. It is causing lots of people to read and reread the plays of "Summer after summer, production after production, I saw a free-flowing company of Public Theater actors get stronger and stronger and more commanding. I watched a sense of community evolve between audiences and artists. For that reason, and for the chance to live inside of Shakespeare's glorious language night anight, it was a growing journey I was proud to play a part in."
Out of his self--drawing web, a' gives us note [he tells us
The force of his own merit makes his way.--Norfolk, The Life of King Henry the Eighth. Act 1, scene 1, line 62
Shakespeare Sez: Toot your own horn...if you have something worth the tooting. Conversely, don't be taken in by anyone who is more sound than substance. The self-serving Cardinal is pictured as a spider weaving a web of deceit.
Cassius: Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
---Cassius, Julius Caesar Act I, sc. ii
Shakespeare Sez: Don't blame fate if your life does not progress as expected, what happens to us is as likely to be caused by our personalities than something written in the stars.
No one can ever really know what sorrows reside inside another's heart and mind.
Lowliness is young ambition's ladder,
Whereto the climber--upward turns his face;
But when he once attains the upmost round,
--From Julius Caesar (II, ii, 32-37) He then unto the ladder turns his back.--Brutus, Act 2, scene 1 , line 23, Julius Caesar
Shakespeare Sez: Few people succeed without a helping hand from someone at the top. Don't be the one to break this chain. Power has made Caesar lose touch with the common people and arouse the jealousy of his compatriots. This failure to stay in touch will cost him his life.
What private griefs they have, alas, I know not.--Act 3, scene 2, line 214.
Shakespeare Sez: No one can ever really know what sorrows reside inside another's heart and mind.
The worst is not
So long as we can say, "This is the worst." -- Act 4, scene 1, line 30 Shakespeare Sez: Nothing's hopeless as long as there's hope.
...Jesters do oft prove prophets--Regan, Act 4, scene 3, line 70, King Lear
Shakespeare Sez: Things said in jest often are more meaningful than funny in hindsight!
Duncan is in his grave;/After life's fitful fever he sleeps well;/Treason has done his worst: nor steel, nor poison,/Malice domestic, foreign levy, nothing/Can touch him further.---Macbeth, Act 3, scene 2, lines 24-29
Shakespeare Sez: People ruminate on death more than any other aspect of life and Abraham Lincoln was no exception. In fact, it was John Wilkes Booth, his assassin, who triggered his prescient rumination.
....Things without all remedy/Should be with regard; what's done is done.--Lady Macbeth, Act 3, scene 2, lines 11-12, Macbeth
Shakespeare Sez: Don't cry over spilt milk. Get on with your life. Lady Macbeth is trying to sooth her husband who isn't fretting over some little misdeed, the spilled milk in his case being a metaphor for the blood he spilled when he murdered King Duncan.
It also bears noting that this play produced less than the Bard's other works seems to be making a comeback, with a sell out new production of Verdi's opera (See Our Review) which also includes some notes on the opera and the play as part of Shakespeare's ouevre.
If we should fail? --Macbeth
We fail! But screw your courage>to the sticking place, And we'll not fail. -- Lady Macbeth, Act I, scene 7
If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly --Macbeth, Act I
>Shakespeare Sez: When TV's Dr. Frazier decided to polish his erstwhile credentials as a Shakespearian actor (Review of June 2000 production), the above two quotes also proved apt for keeping up your courage in the face of deceipt, and getting out of a bad situation without wasting time and facing a bad situation. Grammer provided an infusion of cash to take the play to New York despite terrible reviews, but then gave in to the better part of wisdom when critical history repeated itself in NYC. The show closed after less than 2 weeks, and a month ahead of schedule.
The Merchant of Venice
The quality of mercy is not strained, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven -- Portia, The Merchant of Venice, Act 4, scene 1, line 183.
Shakespeare Sez: Mercy should never be forced, but freely granted. While Portia is pleading for the life of Antonio, this most famous of literary pleas can and has been applied to all sorts of stuations
Tip for Theater Goers:The anti-semitic elements surrounding this play have made this one of Shakespeare's most troubled plays.
. . I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, heal'd by the same means, warm'd and cool'd by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, shall we not die? --Shylock in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice , Act 3,scene 1, lines 58-66.
Shakespeare Sez: We are all alike beneath our differences. Why can't people see the likenesses instead of fixating on differences in the way we dress and worship? Mercy should never be forced, but freely granted.
Tip for Theater Goers: The way this play sandwiches the tragedy of bigotry into a comedy, reached a crescendo of heated discussion and letters to the editor when it was announced as the summer '98 season's Main Stage production by Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires. As directed by Tina Packer, the Berkshire tried to address this problem by overlaying the ending in which Shylock's tormentors revel in their triumph. (See our review)
Good name in man and woman's, dear my lord;
Is the immediate jewel of their souls.
Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
'Twas mind, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;But he that filches from me mygoodname
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.--Iago, Act 3, scene 3, lines 155-61, Othello.
Shakespeare Sez: The only irreplacable treasure is one's reputation, according to Iago. Considering who he is, his words once again illustrate Shakespeare's penchant for having some of his basest villains give lip service to high moral values. In this instance Iago is weaving his plot against Othello by planting the suspicion that Othello's is being cuckolded by one of his officers, Cassio. He thus pretends hesitance about revealing this affair for fear of ruining Cassio's reputation. Clearly Iago talks easily out of both sides of his mouth, since earlier in the play he declared virtue to be "a fig" and reputation a mere cover-up for evil intentions.
Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea -- fisherman
Why, as men do a-land: the great ones eat up the little ones -- fisherman-- Act 2, scene 1, Pericles
Shakespeare Sez: In the scheme of survival, small guys often end up being gobbled up by the big ones -- or as Darwin will say long after I'm dead i"t's the survival of the fittest" thing.
. .Julius Caesar. . .King Lear. . . The Rape of Lucrece
Shakespeare Sez: There's some solace to be gained from knowing someone else has experienced your suffering, but you must nonetheless bear your own grief and not expect commonality of the experience to cure its pain, just help bear it.
It easeth some, though none it ever cured,/ To think their dolour others have endured. Grief makes one hour ten. (Richard II 1.3.261) How soon my sorrow hath destroyed my face. (Richard II 4.1.288) The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
And thou, too careless patient as thou art,
Committ'st thy anointed body to the cure.
Of these physicians that first wounded thee--Gaunt, Act 2, scene 1, lines 97, The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
Shakespeare Sez: Don't look to "yes men" for advice. Pay attention to those who tell it like it is, even if it's not what you want to hear. Old Gaunt picture the evil Richard and his kingdom as a patient doomed to die because he continues to ally himself with false flatterers
They love not poison that do poison need,
Nor do I thee. Though
I did wish himdead,I Haethe murtherer --Bullingbrooke, Act 5, scene 6, line 38, The Tragedy of King Richard the Second.
Shakespeare Sez: Don't expect thanks for doing someone else's dirty work. Exton has taken Bullingbrooke's expressed wish for King Richard's death as his command. When he brings the coffin with the dead kings body to Bullingbrooke, he is exiled instead of thanked.
Teach thy necessity to reason thus;
There is no virtue like necessity. — Richard II, Act I, sc. 3
Shakespeare Sez: To paraphrase another famous saying, necessity is the soul not just of wit but of wisdom.
The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings;
>Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings --Richmond, Act 5, scene 3, line 23, The Tragedy of King Richard the Third.
Shakespeare Sez:Hope has the power to make great men greater and to lifte even ordinary men above their ordinariness
I Wasted Time
Now Time Wastes Me
---Richard II, Act 5, sc5.Shakespeare Sez:Fritter away your time (and opportunities for a well-lived life) and you'll not be able to get it back when life is slipping away from you.
Romeo and Juliet
In a man as well as herbs, Grace and rude Will,
Full soon the canker Death eats up the plant. .--Romeo, Act 2, scene 2, line 25, Romeo and Juliet.
Shakespeare Sez: Inside every good person there's a bad person looking for a way to get out and take charge. Shakespeare couches his advicein a gardening metaphor. Another famous writer, Robert Louis Stevenson, created a chilling portrait of a good man, Dr. Jekyll, unable to control his evil side, Mr. Hyde.
A s four-player, cross-gender cast version called R & J ( review. became an Off-Broadway sleeper hit.
With love's light wings did
I o'er perch these walls
For stony limits cannot hold love out,
And what love can do that dares love attempt.--Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, scene 2
Shakespeare Sez:It's fine to draw on my works for apt sayings, but think twice before you go public with a declaration of love. Better yet, remember how publishing this under the heading HANDSOME (referring to President Bill Clinton) haunted White House Intern Monica Lewinsky when she became a star witness in Judge Starr's investigation into the President's possible impeachable offenses. The 2/14/97 Valentine's Ad in The Washington Post became part of the infamous Starr Report, for all to see and quote for years to come.
Like as, to make our appetite more keen,
With eager compounds we our palate urge;
As, to prevent our maladies unseen,
We sicken to shun sickness when we purge;--Sonnet 118, Shakespeare's Sonnets
Shakespeare Sez:Sometimes you have to swallow bitter medicine or suffer unpleasant treatment in order to make yourself well.
Notes for Theater Goers: In 1998 the Acting Company's dramaturg, Anne Cattaneo came up with the delectable idea of asking some well-known playwrights to create their own playlets based on one or several of the sonnets. The result was Love's Fire which besides playing at London's Barbican Centre, toured several other venues including New York's Public Theatre (see our review/NYC and in the Berkshires.
his fellow is wise enough to play the fool,
And to do that well craves a king of wit.
He must observe their mood on whom he jests
The quality of persons, and the time
Not, like the haggard, check at every feather.
That comes before his eyes. This is a practice
As full of labor as a wise man's art--Viola, Act 3, scene 1, lines 62-8, Shakespeare's Sonnets
Shakespeare Sez: It takes wit and wisdom to play the part of a clown. Viola's words are a concise lesson in the comic's skills.
The Taming of the Shrew
come to wive it wealthily in Padua;
If wealthily, then happily in Padua
--Petruchio, Act 1, scene 2, line 74, The Taming of the Shrew
Shakespeare Sez: Petruchio, like many a man before him, is willing to trade his bachelor's freedom for the benefits of being married to a wealthy wife. What's more, he is the sort of macho male who is convinced he can turn the shrewish wife he weds into a meek and loving mate. Despite this rather outdated view of the male-female relationship, the comedy continues to be revived. The most successful of all revival was the musical comedy revival which uses the play as a subsidiary plot -- Kiss Me Kate
Troilus and Cressida
Thersites, Act 5, scene 2, line 196: Lechery, lechery, still wars and lechery; nothing else holds fashion.
Shakespeare Sez: You can make all kinds of high-flown political speeches rationalizing war but all are belied by lust.
The Winter's Tale
Hermione: one good deed, dying tongueless;/Slaughters a thousand waiting upon that. Our praises are our wages. --Hermione, The Winter's Tale. Act 1, scene 2, line 91.
Shakespeare Sez: As plants need water to thrive, good deeds need praise.
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All's Well That Ends Well (Connecticut 2013)
All's Well That Ends Well(New Jersey 2010)
All's Well That Ends Well (National TheatreLondon 2009)
All's Well That Ends Well (Theatre for New Audiences 2006)
All's Well That Ends Well (1998 Shakespeare & Company)
All's Well That Ends Well(London Globe 2011)
All's Well That Ends Well (in repertory with Measure for Measure (Off-Broadway--Central Park 2011)
Antony & Cleopatra (Off-Broadway2014)
Antony and Cleopatra (London-Roundhouse 2010)
Antony and Cleopatra-(Liverpool Playhouse 2010)
Antony and Cleopatra(Hartford Stage 2010)
Antony and Cleopatra/ (Theatre for New Audiences 2008)
Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra (Globe-London)
Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare & Company, Berkshires-2007)
As You Like It (New Jersey 2013)
As You Like It (Off-Broadway-New Victory 2013)
As You Like It (Berkshires- Shakespeare & Co)
As You Like It(London-Rose 2011)
As U2 Like It/ Adapted from Shakespeareby the Troubadour Theater Company(Los Angeles 2008)
As You Like It (RSC-London)
As You Like It (Wyndham's-London)
As You Like It (Sir Peter Hall directing his daughter Rebecca as Rosalind-- Ahmanson Theatre--LA)
As You Like It (Shakespeare & Co-Berkshires)
As You Like It (WTF Berkshires 1999)
As You Like It (Central Park, 2005)
As You Like It (London Globe 2009)
As You Like It /Shakespeare from The Bridge Project (BAM- Off Broadway 2010)
As You Like It(London 2011)
As You Like It(Public Theater/Central Park2012)
The Bomb-itty Of Errors --rap adaption of Comedy of Errors
Boys From Syracuse--musical based on Comedy of Errors (Roundabout Theater updated revival)
The Comedy of Errors(Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park 2013. The Comedy of Errors(New Jersey 2012)
The Comedy of Errors (Boston-Huntington-Propeller Company 2011)
The Comedy of Errors/ Shakespeare(Off-Broadway 2011)
The Comedy of Errors (New Jersey 2008)
The Comedy of Errors (RSC, 2006
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The Comedy of Errors
The Comedy of Errors (Berkshires)
The Comedy of Errors and Richard III(London 2011)
The Comedy of Errors(National-London 2011)
Coriolanus /Shakespeare (London 2013)
Coriolanus (Almeida-London). . . BAM
Coriolanus (Old Globe-London)
Coriolanus (RSC 2003)
Cymbeline/ Shakespeare(Lincoln Center2007)
Cymbeline/ Emma Rice adaptation (London - 2007)
Cymbeline (New Jersey)
Cymbeline (London Globe -at BAM)
Cymbeline( Off-Broadway 2011)
Cymbeline/(Fiasco at Barrow Street TheaterOff-Broadway 2011)
The Donkey Show -- A Midsummer's Night's Dream cabaret style
Double Falsehood/ (Shakespeare/Fletcher collaboration ( Off-Broadway 2011)
Hamlet Hallucinations/Dario D'Ambrosi, based on Shakespeare's Hamlet (Off-Broadway2013)
Hamlet In The Park(ing) Lot(Off-Broadway 2011)
Hamlet in rep withRosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Off-Broadway2014)
Hamlet (London 2010)
Hamlet (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival 2011
Hamlet(Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey 2009)
Hamlet(London & Broadway 2009)
Hamlet (Lantern/Philadelphia 2009)
Hamlet (Theatre for a New Audience 2009)
Hamlet (Los Angeles 2008)
The Wooster Group's Hamlet (Public Theater, 2007)
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Hamlet (New Victory-NY)
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Hamlet (McCarter Theater, NJ 2005)
Hamlet (Young Vic- London 2011)
Hamlet (Old Glove Shakespeare Traveling company at Pace University)
Hamlet (4-actors -- Off-Broadway 2013)
"Henry IV Part I (Off-Broadway-Pearl Theater 2013)
Henry IV, Parts I and II (Royal Shakespeare 2001)
Henry IV, Part 1/ Shakespeare (DC)
Henry IV, Part 2/ Shakespeare (DC)
Henry IV, Parts I and II (London 2005)
Henry IV, Parts I (Los Angeles 2007)
Henry IV, Parts I and II (Lincoln Center 2003)
Into the Hazard [Henry 5] (off-off Broadway adaption by Jessica Bauman 2009)
Henry V (Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey)
Henry V -- a re-conceived, fun version
Henry V (Royal Shakespeare 2001)
Henry V Shakespeare & Co., (Berkshires>
Henry VCocteau Repertory Theatre
Henry V London, 2003
Henry the Sixth: The Edged Sword (Part 1); Black Sword (Part 2)
Henry the VI: Blood & Roses (Shakespeare Theater of NJ, 2007
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar(Philadelphia 2014)
Julius Caesar (Off-Broadway-Bam 2013)
Julius Caesar/ Shakespeare(London 2011)
Julius Caesar (2005 London Hammersmith)
Julius Caesar (2005--Broadway)
Julius Caesar (2005--London)
Julius Caesar (2003--Theatre for New Audiences)
Julius Caesar (2003--Moonwork)
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Julius Caesar (London 2002)
Julius Caesar-all female (London 2012, Off-Broadway 2013)
King John (Berkshires)
King John (London)
King John (New York Shakespeare Exchange Off-Off-Broadway 2011)
King Lear. (National Theatre 2014)
Ellen Terry with Eileen Atkins.
A Lady of Little Sense.
King Lear (London Globe 2008)
King Lear(Off-Broadway-BAM 2014)
King Lear (BAM 2007
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King Lear (Lincoln Center--2004)
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King Lear (London--Old Vic)
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King Lear/ William Shakespeare(Shakespeare Theater DC 2009)
King Lear(London 2009)
Nearly Lear (New Victory Theater-2011)
King Lear (Old Globe, San Diego 2010)
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Storm Still/--Based on act 3, scene 6 Of King Lear (Off-Broadway 2011)
King Lear (London Royal Shakespeare 2011)
King Lear(Public Theater 2011)
King Lear(Berkshires 2012)
Lear/ Young Jean Lee adaptation of William Shakespeare (SoHo Rep 2010)
Love Is My Sin(Shakespeare's Sonnets- 2010)
. Love's Fire: Seven New Plays Inspired by Seven Shakespearean Sonnets
Love's Fire (Berkshires)
Love's Labour's Lost (Off-Broadway -central park 2013)
Loves Labour's Lost (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, 2012)
Love's Labour's Lost/Shakespeare (Stratford Festival of Canada)
Love's Labour's Lost (London March 2003)
Love's Labor's Lost (Actor's Gang Los Angeles--2006)
Love's Labor's Lost (Berkshires 2013)
Love's Labour's Lost (Globe-2007)
Love's Labour's Lost (Santa Monica Eili and Edyth Broad Stage 2009)
Love's Labour's Lost (London 2008)
Macbeth (Lincoln Center-Broadway2013)
Macbeth (Berkshire Theatre Festival 2010)
Love's Labor's Lost (Public Theater Off-Broadway 2011)
Macbeth/a>(BAM & Broadway 2008)
Macbeth/Shakespeare (London-Gielgud, 2007)
Macbeth (Marionette production, New Victory Theater, NY)
Macbeth (London with Stephen Dillane)
Macbeth (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey)
Macbeth Public Theater
Macbeth(Theatre New Audiences)
Macbeth(RSC, London 2000)
Macbeth (Central Park 2006)
Macbeth (Shakespeare's Globe, London 2010)
The Pan Asian Repertory Theatre's Shogun Macbeth & Roust Theatre Company's Macbeth
Macbeth (London 2013
Macbeth (Cumming solo) (Off-Broadway 2012, Broadway 2013)
TheBcam/Macbeth/ William Shakespeare with additional material by Don Nigro and the Ensemble(Off-Broadway 2010)
Radio Macbeth (SITI Company 2010)
/a>. Measure for Measure (Off-Broadway 2014)
Measure for Measure (Shakespeare Theater of NJ -2012
Measure for Measure -2007 (Shakespeare Theatger of NJ 2007)
Measure for Measure/ (Almeida London 2010)
Macbeth ( Cheek by Jowl production-BAM 2011)
Macbeth (Off-Broadway Epic and Aquila Company productions 2012)
Macbeth (Alan Cumming solo). (Lincoln Center summer Festival That Play: A Solo Macbeth/ Tom Gualtieri and Heather Hill, based on Shakespeare's Macbeth(Off-Broadway 2012)
Measure For Measure (Theater for New Audiences 2000)
Measure for Measure
Measure for Measure (Pearl Theater, 2006
Measure for Measure (Central Park 2001)
Measure for Measure- in repertory with All's Well that Ends Well (Central Park2011)
Measure for Measure/Shakespeare-- Theatre de Complicite (London)
Measure for Measure (LA)
Measure for Measure (Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey -2007)
The Merchant of Venice (DC 2011)
The Merchant of Venice (Stratford)
The Merchant of Venice(Berkshires)
The Merchant of Venice (Pearl)
The Merchant of Venice (TNFA-2007)
The Merchant of Venice (London Globe-2007)
The Merchant of Venice (BAM-2009
The Merchant of Venice(Public Theater Central Park 2010)
Merry Wives of Windsor(London 2008) Lonesome Love or Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas (Musical adaptation)
Merry Wives of Windsor/Shakespeare (London)
Merry Wives of Windsor/Shakespeare (Berkshires)
he Merry Wives of Windsor (Los Angeles 2008)
The Merry Wives of Windsor/Shakespeare (LA & New York2010)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Theater for New Audiences 2013)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (London 2013- Grandage).
Midsummer Night's Dream (London 2013)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (London Globe 2008)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (London-Roundhouse 2007
A Midsummer Night's Dream (McCarter Theater/Papermill Playhouse)
Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Regents Park, London-- 2003)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (All Male, London-- 2003)
A Midsummer Night's Dream ( London-- 2006)
Midsummer Night's Dream (Regents Park, London)
Midsummer Night's Dream RSC
Midsummer Night's Dream (Berkshires-Shakespeare & Co.)
Midsummer Night's Dream (Berkshires-WTF)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Philadelphia 2010)
A Midsummer Night's Dream(San Diego 2010)
A Midsummer Night's Dream/ (London-Rose Theatre 2010)
A Midsummer Night's Dream(London-Footsbarn 2008)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Philadelphia -Lantern 2011
A Midsummer Night's Dream (New Jersey Shakespeare Company 2011)
A Midsummer Night's Dream/ Shakespeare(Off-Broadway/Classic Stage 2012)
A Midsummer Night's Dream/created by Filter (London-Lyric Hammersmith 2012)
Much Ado About Nothing (Off-Broadway2013--Public Mobile LAB)
Much Ado About Nothing (London 2013)
Much Ado About Nothing (Barrington Stage 2013)
Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare 2006)
Much Ado About Nothing (Public Theater)
Much Ado About Nothing/Shakespeare (Central Park-2004)
Much Ado About Nothing (Old Globe)
Much Ado About Nothing/Shakespeare (Olivier Theatre-London 2007).
Much Ado About Nothing(London-Regents Park 2009)
Much Ado About Nothing/ (Los Angeles2010)
Much Ado About Nothing/ (London-Globe 2011)
Much Ado About Nothing/(London-Wyndhams 2011)
Othello (London 2013)
Othello (LABrynth Theater Co. Prodctions)
Othello (outdoors in Los Angeles)
Othello Trafalgar Studios, London
Othello (Globe, London, 2007)
Othello (London Donmar 2007)
Othello(Shakespeare & Company,Berkshires 2008)
Othello / (London 2008)
Othello/Shakespeare (London 2009)
Othello(Theatre for a New Audience 2009)
Othello(Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey 2011)
Pericles (New Jersey Shakespeare Theater 2013)
Pericles/Shakespeare (Stratford Festival of Canada)
Pericles (London Globe, 2005)
Pericles Redux(Los Angeles2009)
Play On (musical)
Richard II (Royal Shakespeare 2013)
Richard II (Classic Stage 2006)
Richard II (Old Vic-2005)
Richard II (Globe 2003)
Richard II (Royal Shakespeare 2001)
Richard II/Shakespeare (Pearl Theatre production)
Richard II(London-Donmar 2011)
Richard II/Shakespeare (Almeida Theatre-London ). . .and at BAM
Richard II (Yale Rep, 2007)
Richard II (Pearl Theater 2011)
Richard II and III
Richard III and Twelfth Night/ (Off-Broadway2013)
The Life and Death of King Richard III (Shakespeare & Co., Berkshires, 2010)The Comedy of Errors and Richard III(London 2011)
Richard III(Classic Stage 2007)
Richard III (Philadelphia 2006)
Richard III (Berkshires)
Richard III (Globe 2003)
Richard III (NY Public Theater 2004)
Richard III (Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey)
Richard III (London Globe 2012)
Richard III (Public Theater Mobile Unit Production)
Richard III: Born With Teeth (Epic Ensemble,Off-Broadway 2013)
The Last Goodbye/ Musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet-(2010 WTF- Berkshires)
Romeo and Juliet(Philadelphia 2013)
Romeo & Juliet (Off-Broadway2013)
Romeo and Juliet (Broadway 2013)
Romeo and Juliet (Central Park-2007)
Romeo and Juliet -- The Musical (London)
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet (Berkshires)
Romeo and Juliet (National-London)
Romeo and Juliet (Old Globe- London)
> Romeo and Juliet (London RSC 2001)
Romeo and Juliet (LA)
Romeo and Juliet (Williamstown Theatre Festival 2006)
Romeo and Juliet (London -The Open Air Regent's Park Summer 2008)
Romeo and Juliet (New Jersey 2008)
Romeo and Juliet/ Shakespeare(2009)
Romeo and Juliet (London 2010)
Romeo and Juliet (all Male(Off-Broadway 2012)
Romeo and Juliet(Philadelphia 2012)
Romeo and Juliet (Connecticut 2012
R & J (Off Broadway 1998)
R & J (London) 2003)
R & J (Philadelphia 2008)
Shakespeare's R&J (Connecticut 2009)
Henry IV, Part One / Shakespeare(New Jersey 2012)
Shakespeare adaptation; Shakespeare's Slave by Steven Fechter (Off-Broadway Resonance Paired Plays 2011)
Henry IV Part I (Philadelphia 2010)
Henry IV Parts 1 and 2/ (London Globe 2010)
Henry V and The Winter's Tale (Propeller-London 2012)
Henry V (London 2012)
Henry V- (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre 2010)
Rose Rage/Henry VI parts 1-2-3,adapted by Edward Hall and Roger Warren (London & New York)
New Rose Theater initiated with Henry VI parts 1 & 2
Henry VIII (London-Old Globe 2010)
The Taming of the Shrew(Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey 2010)
at curtainup.com Taming of Shrew/Twelfth Night (London double bill-2007)
Taming of the Shrew (Williamstown Theatre Festival)
Taming of the Shrew (Central Park)
Taming of the Shrew all female version, Old Globe
The Taming of the Shrew Shakespeare & Co
The Taming of The Shrew(London--2004)
The Taming of The Shrew(NJ--2006)
The Taming of The Shrew(Central Park)
The Taming of the Shrew(Williamstown Theatre Festival)
The Taming of the Shrew (London 2009)
The Taming of the Shrew(Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey 2010)
The Taming of the Shrew (San Diego Old Globe 2010)
The Taming of the Shrew(Theatre for a New Audience 2012)
The Taming of the Shrew (London Old Globe 2012)
The Taming of the Shrew (Off-Broadway 2012)
The Bridge Project 2010: As You Like It and The Tempest(London 2010)
The Tempest, a musical adaptation (Public Theater community Lab Event, Central Park 2013)
The Tempest (2013 Old Globe)
Kiss Me Kate (Musical adaptation)
Troilus and Cressida (Cheek by Jowl, London)
Troilus and Cressida
Troilus and Cressida/ (London Globe 2009)
Troilus and Cressida combined with William Heywood's Age of Iron, under the umbrella title of Heywood's play(Classic Stage 2009)
The Bridge Project 2010: As You Like It and The Tempest/(London 2010)
The Tempest (DC-2005)
The Tempest (London-2003)
The Tempest(Globe-London 2000)
The Tempest (London-2005)
The Tempest (Berkshires-2001)
The Tempest (Stratford--2006)
The Tempest/ William Shakespeare(Classic Stage2008)
The Bridge Project's The Tempest (BAM 2010)
The Tempest (Off-Broadway-Target Margin 2011)
The Tempest (London Haymarket 2011)
The Tempest(Connecticut 2012)
The Tempest On the Big Screen(Film Review 2012)
The Tempest (Berkshires 2012)
Timon of Athens/(shakespeare Theater of New Jersey 2011)
Timon of Athen (Off-Broadway Public Theater 2011)
Timon of Athens (London 2000)
Timon Of Athens (London 2008)
Titus Andronicus (London, Old Globe--2006)
Titus Andronicus (Public Theater-Off Broadway
Richard III and Twelfth Night/ (Off-Broadway2013)
Twelfth Night (London â€œoriginal practicesâ€ 2012)
Twelfth Night by Pig Iron (Off-Broadway2014)
Twelfth Night(Los Angeles Chalk Repertory Theatre
Twelfth Night (Duke of York/London 2009)
Twelfth Night (2009 Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre)
Twelfth Night (Shakespeare & Co Berkshires- 2009)
Twelfth Night(2009, Central Park)
Twelfth Night (Pearl Theater 2009
Twelfth Night (2009 New York Neo-Classical Ensemble
Twelfth Night (London Donmar2008)
Twelfth Night(London -Tricycle 2008, 2010)
Twelfth Night(London -The Open Air Regent's Park Summer 2008)
Twelfth NightCheek by Jowl's all-male production (London, 2006)
Twelfth Night (Lincoln Center 1998)
Twelfth Night (Aquila Theater Company)
Twelfth Night (Berkshires)
Twelfth Night (London)
Twelfth Night (London - 2005)
Twelfth Night (Indian Cast--London)
Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse Production)
Twelfth Night(McCarter Theater, New Jersey 2009)
Twelfth Night (National Theatre London 2011)
Twelfth Night(New Jersey 2009)
Twelfth Night (Sonnet Repertory Theatre 2010)
Twelfth Night (Off-Broadway--Frog and Peach Co. 2011)
The Two Gentleman from Verona< (Judith Shakespeare Company 2010)
Two Gentlemen from Verona/ (London)
The Two Gentleman from Verona
The Two Gentleman from Verona
What You Will (Twelfth Night/Modern Musical)
The Two Noble Kinsmen-- with John Fletcher
What You Will(Philadelphia 2009)
The Winter's Tale/\ (Off-Broadway2014)
The Winter's Tale (NJ 2013
The Winter's Tale(RSC/Armory-Off-Broadway 2011)
The Winter's Tale (Yale Rep2012)
The Winter's Tale(Royal Shakespeare Company 2010)
The Winter's Tale (Berkshires-Shakespeare & Company 2010)
The Winter's Tale/(Public Theater Central Park 2010)
The Winter's Tale (BAM & London 2009)
The Winter's Tale (New Jersey 2008)
The Winter's Tale (Chicago)
The Winter's Tale (CSC--2003)
The Winter's Tale (Spiegeltent--London)
The Winter's Tale (Old Globe, London 2005)
The Winter's Talea> (Shakespeare & Co)
The Winter's Tale (Public Theatre Outdoors -- summer 2000)
Slings & Arrows-the complete set
You don't have to be a Shakespeare aficionado to love all 21 episodes of this hilarious and moving Canadian TV series about a fictional Shakespeare Company